AgForce wishes Bill Byrne well
Monday, 9 Oct 2017

AgForce has today wished Bill Byrne well for his future and thanked him for his service as Queensland Agriculture Minister.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said he had established a good working relationship with Mr Byrne during his two stints as the state’s Agriculture Minister.

“A strong agricultural sector underpins a strong Queensland economy, so it’s vital the Minister is a strong advocate for agriculture both in the community and in the Cabinet room,” he said.

“While we have had our disagreements with the Palaszczuk Government -  most notably over vegetation management laws, Mr Byrne has always been willing to listen to and discuss farmers’ concerns, including at an AgForce forum in Rockhampton just last month.

“AgForce also acknowledges Mr Byrne’s efforts in rolling out wild dog exclusion fencing and helping to secure stamp duty exemptions for farmers passing down the family farm to the next generation.

“We wish Mr Byrne all the best in his life after politics.”

Mr Maudsley said AgForce had worked with Dr Anthony Lynham on issues in his current portfolio of Natural Resources and Mines, and would look to meet with him as soon as possible to discuss issues, such as drought and biosecurity, in his new portfolio of Agriculture and Fisheries.

“Global demand for our high quality food and fibre is growing rapidly, and can continue to grow strongly – but we need the right policy settings from governments,” he said.

Mr Maudsley said AgForce would also be looking to engage with whoever became the new Labor candidate for Rockhampton.

“Whoever is the next Member for Rockhampton from whichever political party needs to ensure they are the beef capital’s voice in Brisbane, not just Brisbane’s voice in the beef capital,” he said.

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853
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